CES 2016 roundup: day three

By , Jan 6, 2016

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It’s day three of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, so various gadget announcement keep coming at a faster pace than we can blog. Today’s roundup of CES 2016 includes some notable highlights that might interest our Apple-loving audience, including splash-proof speakers, in-ear buds with an integrated heart rate monitor, a new activity tracker from Withings that can last 8 months between charges and more.

iPhone accessories

Pelican today launched the Marine, its first waterproof case for the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus. It provides complete drop protection, has a scratch-resistant screen protector and was designed to protect your smartphone from water, snow, dirt and dust.

Olloclip introduced a rail-mounting camera accessory case for the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus that works with its existing range of iPhone lenses.

Zagg announced the Mobile Charging Station, a 5,000mAh battery pack for your iPhone and Apple Watch which works with both open and closed loop bands. They also launched an iPhone-connected waterproof 720p camera and wearable earbuds worn around the neck like a collar, with an external microphone and speaker.

JBL launched a pair of splash-proof speakers and three new in-ear headphones, one of which packs in an integrated heart rate monitor.

LifeProof has a new waterproof battery case for the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus. It includes a 3,200 mAh lithium ion battery capable of doubling an iPhone’s uptime and keeps your phone safe from drops and submersion in water.

Speck showed off the Pocket VR viewer with collapsible design, iPhone compatibility and support for Google Cardboard.

Apple Watch accessories

Kanex launched a new Apple Watch charger with a built-in 4,000 mAh battery and a USB port for also charging your iPhone, or just your Watch (in which case the accessory’s battery will last for up to ten days before it needs to be recharged).


Harman has a new JBL-branded in-car head unit that works with CarPlay and includes a 6.75-inch capacitive touchscreen.

Pioneer has upgraded its NEX aftermarket CarPlay in-dash receiver lineup with some new models that with either a 6.2-inch or 7-inch screen, each in resistive or capacitive touch variant.

Connected home

Insteon announced a new integration with Sonos that will permit users to control Sonos speakers right from Insteon hardware, using an iOS app.

Kwikset shoed off its new HomeKit-enabled deadbolt with built-in wireless connectivity.

Elgato announced a smart outlet and light switch for the connected home with HomeKit support, support for Siri voice commands and preset macro scenes, accompanying iOS apps and more.


Withings has a new water-resistant activity and sleep tracker that it claims lasts for up to eight months between charges due to its power-efficient E-ink screen. It also automatically recognizes when the user starts swimming, can distinguish between light and deep sleep cycles at night and is compatible with Apple’s Health app.

Misfit launched its most versatile activity and sleep tracker yet and introduced in-ear headphones, a first for the company, with built-in accelerometer for tracking movement and sleep when worn.

This article is updated throughout the day with new relevant product announcements as they are released so check back later for more goodies.

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  • Chris Wagers

    Man I wish I had unlimited funds. I’d love to have a few of these new gadgets.